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Leila Deravi1

1, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Cephalopods are arguably the most photonically sophisticated marine animals, as they have evolved the ability to alter the color patterning of their skin to blend into their environment and evade predators. This adaptive coloration is facilitated in part by neurally-controlled, muscle-actuated pigment organs known as chromatophores. Until 2014 the chromatophores were thought to be composed solely of homogeneous clusters of chromogenic pigments; however, recent results suggest that they contain high refractive index, luminescing nanostructures that may facilitate the rapid and sophisticated changes exhibited in dermal pigmentation. In this talk, I will describe a method to incorporate chromatophore derived nanostructures into textiles designed to enhance visible color for future wearable applications.

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